Introduction to Scripting in Python Specialization
Launch Your Career in Python Programming. Master the core concepts of scripting in Python to enable you to solve practical problems.
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
Each course ends with a practical project utilizing Python scripting skills. The introductory projects will focus on typical core scripting problems such as processing dates and finding differences in similar files. Later in the specialization, you will learn to work with data stored in files to do sports analytics and data visualization. These projects include reading historical data on baseball, computing statistics from this data, and analyzing the results. Finally, the specialization culminates in a project where you will import economic data from the World Bank, process that data, and visualize this data overlaid on a world map.
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
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Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
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Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Each of the four courses in the specialization is designed to be completed in a month.
What background knowledge is necessary?
No prior programming experience is necessary.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Depending on your previous experience, you may be able to take some of the courses concurrently. However, if you are a beginner, we recommend that you take the courses in order.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will be able to write Python programs to solve practical problems by effectively utilizing existing libraries. You will also be well prepared to learn more about data science, software engineering, or other disciplines involving programming.
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